The blog is not finished! But after the Theft (yes, capital letters), the want/need to update the blog took second fiddle to dealing with the Theft and just finishing the trip sans computer. Since being home, it's been hard to get that motivation to complete it. But I will. Ever so slowly. Please be patient!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Immunization Series - Yellow Fever

Look at your itinerary. Are you going to central South America at all? Visiting Bolivia, the Amazon Rainforest, Columbia?  If so,  you will need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination. Many countries, including many in Africa, China, and India, require proof of vaccination if you come from regions that have yellow fever present. Even still, some countries in Africa require proof of vaccination regardless of where you are coming from. 

Yellow Fever, like West Nile and Malaria, is spread primarily through the bite of a mosquito. For most people that contract the virus, they will experience nothing beyond a fever, nausea, headache, chills, aches, and vomiting. Of these people though, 15% will go into a second stage which can prove fatal in one of five cases.

Average Prices:

  1. Saskatoon, Canada. One Shot = C$140
  2. Melbourne, Australia. One Shot = A$76.50
  3. London, England. One Shot = £53
  4. United States. One Shot = avg A$62

The vaccine itself is injected into the fatty layer beneath the skin and, from experience, doesn’t hurt. At least not as much as the H1N1 vaccine.

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